While a tense calm is prevailing in Hebron, Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni lashed out again at extreme right-wing activists who have said they would defy the High Court's ruling on the disputed house in the West Bank city and resist any attempt to evacuate it.
"This situation is intolerable in my opinion. There is an entire public that is not respecting the court's ruling and the government's decisions; they are also harming IDF soldiers," Livni told Channel 2 Friday evening.
"I hope the authorities act in unison against this phenomenon, be it in Hebron, Arab communities in the Negev or anywhere else. We must enforce the norms, values and the law."
Around noon heavy traffic was felt in Hebron and the surrounding areas ahead of the reading of the 'Chayei Sarah' weekly portion (lit. 'The Life of Sarah,' Genesis 23:1-25:18). According to estimates, some 20,000 people are expected to spend Shabbat in the city. Many of them, security officials said, will help the settlers in case security forces attempt to evacuate the disputed house.